Xinjiang report: UN report finds China may have committed ‘crimes against humanity’

The detailed 45-page report, published just minutes before outgoing commissioner Michelle Bachelet’s term in office came to an end at midnight Geneva time, had been repeatedly delayed, and its release vehemently opposed by China. According to the UN report, “the described policies and practices in (the region) have transcended borders, separating families and severing human contacts, while causing particular suffering to affected Uyghur, Kazakh and other predominantly Muslim minority families, exacerbated by patterns of intimidations and threats against members of the diaspora community speaking publicly.” The Chinese government, which had…

No show for Marcos’ heirs during Sandigan hearing; ordered to submit memorandum – Manila Bulletin

Sandiganbayan It was a now show for the heirs of the late former President Ferdinand E. Marcos during the scheduled hearing at the Sandiganbayan on Thursday, Sept. 1, to present their evidence in a civil case involving alleged ill-gotten wealth. While the Sandiganbayan declared them to have waived their right to present their evidence, they were given a non-extendible period of 30 days to submit their respective memorandum. Those who did not show up during the hearing were former First Lady Imelda R. Marcos-Manotic and her daughters Sen. Imee Marcos-Manotic…

The Philippines could be Australia’s most important defence partner in Southeast Asia

Which country is Australia’s most important defence partner in Southeast Asia? I’m guessing not many readers of The Strategist would put the Philippines at the top of their lists. The correct answer, of course, is, ‘It depends.’ Yet, for some of the most demanding military scenarios that may confront the Australian Defence Force in the decade ahead, such as a war over Taiwan or in the South China Sea, the Philippines could be an indispensable partner because of its location and potential willingness, as a fellow treaty ally of the…

Abalos eyes Cebu City as pilot area for optional face mask use – Manila Bulletin

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benhur Abalos said he’s willing to make Cebu City a pilot area for the optional use of face masks. (Maskmedicare Shop/ Unsplash) This was confirmed to congressmen by Abalos during the budget deliberations of the agency before the House Committee on Appropriations on Thursday, Sept. 1. During the hearing, Abalos was asked by Zamboanga Sibugay 1st district Rep. Wilter Palma about his stand on Cebu City’s desire to make the use of face mask optional amid the Covid-19 pandemic. In response, Abalos…

DPWH started construction of P31.7-M by-pass road in Calbayog  – Manila Bulletin

News / National / DPWH started construction of P31.7-M by-pass road in Calbayog  DPWH started construction of P31.7-M by-pass road in Calbayog  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has started the construction of a by-pass road in Calbayog City that will link various primary roads to Samar’s commercial proper. DPWH Region 8 Director Allan S. Borromeo said the starting phase of the road involves the construction of a two-lane, 6.7-meter wide paved road spanning a total of 259.5 meters, 719.9-meter long riprap, and the installation of 27 solars…

P5.7-B budget hike for judiciary eyed; Romero hopes for ‘quicker disposition of cases’ – Manila Bulletin

The entire judiciary will receive a total of P5.7 billion in additional funds under the proposed national budget for next year, 1-Pacman Party-list Rep. Mikee Romero disclosed on Thursday, Sept. 1. Supreme Court (SC) Romero, who is now the chairman of the House Committee on Poverty Alleviation, said the huge increase is included in the proposed P5.268-trillion 2023 “Agenda for Recovery” national budget received by Congress last month. “I have no doubt that the House will support the adjustment, which we hope would allow the judiciary to meet its requirements…

Caritas PH to hold bike caravan next month – Manila Bulletin

Caritas Philippines will hold the #CaritasBike4Kalikasan, a 32-kilometer bike caravan on Oct. 8. Caritas Philippines Bishop Colin Bagaforo, Caritas Philippines national director, said the bike from the Manila Cathedral to the La Mesa Dam Nature Reserve Eco Park is not only their contribution to the 2022 Season of Creation celebration but “the national social action’s concrete contribution to the global goal of ecological transformation of the Catholic Church.” Fr. Antonio Labiao Jr., executive secretary of the national Caritas, said the bike caravan “is our call to action to draw attention…

Philippines open to new oil exploration talks with China —DFA chief

The Philippines is ready with two joint oil and gas exploration agreements to be signed with China. (The STAR/File photo) MANILA— The Philippines is open to new talks with China on oil and gas exploration, the Southeast Asian country’s foreign affairs chief said on Wednesday. A deal with China or any other country on joint oil and gas exploration, however, should comply with Philippine laws, Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo, said during a congressional hearing on his department’s 2023 budget. Talks over joint energy exploration between Manila and Beijing in the…